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Report: American League contender loses ace to Tommy John surgery 0

Another one bites the dust.  The Tommy John dust.  Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan reports that Los Angeles Angels opening day starter Garrett Richards needs Tommy John surgery because of elbow ligament damage, ending his 2016 season and probably setting him back for a good portion of 2017.

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Going into this weekend, Richards had been considered day-to-day with fatigue (but no arm pain).  Upon examination, the reported ligament tear was found.  According to Passan he will seek a second opinion.  The Angels rotation has been wracked with injury, having lost C.J. Wilson and Andrew Heaney (elbow) with only one start this season between those two.  The Angels closer, Huston Stret, is also on the disabled list with an oblique strain.  None are expected back until June.

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards adjusts his cap after giving up a single to Houston Astros' Jason Castro in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Tough Break for a promising young pitcher. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Richards also had his 2014 season shortened with a gruesome knee injury from which his recovery was impressive.

Through May 5, the Angels sit at 13-15, just 4 games out of first place in the American League west.

David Whitlock

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